Metals are natural components of the earth and exist in many forms - each with its own specific chemical characteristics that define its interactions with the environment and with living organisms.
Typical risk assessments and guidance materials have been designed for organic chemicals and as such fail to take into consideration of metals specificities. This guidance looks to provides detailed advice needed to perform accurate risk assessments for metals.
- This 'Metals Environmental Risk Assessment Guidance' (MERAG) consolidates existing experience and recent progress made with environmental risk assessment methods, concepts and methodologies used in chemicals management programs and environmental quality standard setting (soil, water, sediments) for metals.
- MERAG comprises several fact sheets, looking at considerations for specific elements of environmental hazard assessment, namely: